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Comment Re:What if it had supported "social justice"? (Score 1) 572

if the bot used Twitter to build its responses

Actually it's more basic even than that - from what I've read today the bot would obey requests to parrot incoming content. Most of the crazy things it said were literal repetition of such inputs, though I guess eventually whatever pretraining it had was overwhelmed by the new inputs.

Comment Re: You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

There is plenty of space for more highways on the peninsula, even apart from replacing BART by roads

You admit that "replacing BART track with roads" was at best a non sequitor, and then refer to subregions not served by BART. OK, then.

the greedy, privileged minority

Right, it's the people who don't own cars that are the rich and privileged. You need to get out more.

half their transportation costs paid for by other tax payers

Does making up arbitrary numbers to suit one's ideology fly in your line of work? Interesting.

Comment Re: You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

Ripping out BART and replacing it with roads and buses would be a start. There is plenty more space.

You're shockingly ignorant of the greater SF Bay region if you think that statement makes any sense. It would mean multi-deck city streets, extensive car tunnels under existing roadway, and so forth.

I have a problem with rent seeking, corruption, waste, and forcing people into poverty.

Right...accessible transit is forcing me into poverty...by making it at all possible for me to get to work.

Comment Re: You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

I find this somewhat amusing given my experience when Metro Transit went on strike. I found that when they were on strike traffic improve slightly during my commute times. That may have been better planning on people's part or because of the lack of giant mostly empty buses getting on and off of the highway.

Dunno which MT you're referring to, but the Bay Area sees crippling traffic slowdowns during BART service interruptions such as the strike three years ago.

Comment Re:You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

The argument is that adding a few more outlying stops over the last 10 - 20 years has caused doubled ridership at downtown stops in the past 5 years, which happen to coincide with major economic and population booms in the region. It's pretty clear that the latter, rather than the former, is causative for the increase in system load.

Comment Re:You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

The whole idea that BART ridership increases in the past five years have been caused by limited service expansion over the past two decades is pretty dubious. Public data and statements from BART make it pretty clear that it's the core downtown SF/Oakland stations, and certainly stations between Concord/Fremont and Daly City (that is, original stations from the '71 - '72 openings) that have seen the most ridership growth. That growth in ridership has occurred because of wide spread economic and population growth in the Bay Area, not expanding service to past residents.

Comment Re:Milestone (Score 1) 338

Having a competitive Go engine capable of beating a 9-dan player is huge.

That it is possible at all - yes. However, the Go engine was trained on many more games than a human can play in a lifetime. No doubt a 1000-year-old Go player would also defeat a 33-year-old. It would be interesting to see how AlphaGo compares to a human master when trained on a humanly possible number of games.

Comment Re:Designer babies (Score 1) 130

correcting faults or errors that lead to downs syndrome

Downs is a bad example, since it involves an entire chromosome (thus "trisomy 21"). Huntington's maybe, since it's just dependent on copy number and you might be able to reduce that even with partially effective editing.

correcting defects doesn't seem like it should be classed as 'designer'

Many people agree, and I'm sure there will be lower regulatory barriers to "gene surgery" with demonstrated need. That said, CRISPR-Cas9 is not very suitable for either use. It has a lots of off-target effects (it interacts both specifically and nonspecifically with DNA), and replacing one allele with another requires that homology-directed repair is activated over other DNA repair mechanisms. In the laboratory, we overcome these limitations by introducing huge amounts of DNA with the desired sequence. People are trying to engineer around these issues, but we're not nearly as close to gene editing human embryos as these articles tend to claim.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 1) 288

So you never, ever turn on JavaScript? Or every time you turn it on you read through every line of it to make sure it hasn't changed and isn't doing anything bad?

Sites load lots of resources from other domains, and script blocking is domain based. Right now Slashdot would like me to load scripts from 10 domains. The site is perfectly functional with just two of them whitelisted.

You can't possibly trust every website you run JavaScript on.

The point is that slashdot.org and wellsfargo.com are a lot more trustworthy than a million random ad networks and tracking services. No, they're not "trusted," but it's great that I can view, say, a random blog with just the blog framework's JS and not twenty other weird third-party scripts.

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